The Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a succesful 2-in-1 convertible that could possibly be a terrific fallback possibility in case your finances supervisor rejects your request for a ThinkPad X1 Yoga or one other premium 2-in-1 enterprise convertible. It retains the spirit of the product line with its sturdy chassis and comfy keyboard. Productiveness efficiency is robust.
The tradeoffs for the lower cost are a mediocre show and battery life. So long as your job doesn’t contain area work or extended stretches off AC, budget-conscious enterprise customers will nonetheless discover worth right here.
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ThinkBook 14s Yoga specs and options
Based mostly on its specs, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga mannequin we reviewed (20WE001DUS) has a middle-of-the-road configuration that doesn’t skimp on vital issues like reminiscence, storage, or connectivity. Listed below are the main points:
- CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7
- Reminiscence: 16GB
- Storage: 512GB PCIe Stable State Drive
- Show: 14-inch 1920×1080 IPS Touchscreen Show
- Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- Connectivity: Thunderbolt 4, SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Kind-C, SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps Kind-A, MicroSD card reader
- Webcam: 720p
- Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
- Biometrics: Fingerprint reader
- Battery capability: 60 Watt-hours
- Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.5 x 0.67 inches
- Measured weight: 3.3 kilos, add 0.7 kilos for the AC adapter
Sadly laptops are promoting rapidly lately, and the precise configuration we examined wasn’t accessible by presstime. Our product button will lead you to the configurations presently accessible, together with an in any other case similar mannequin with 8GB of RAM as an alternative of 16GB, for $993.85 after an always-shifting eCoupon. On the prime finish of the road is a mannequin at $1,260.35 that expands the RAM to 24GB and the solid-state storage to 1TB. All fashions characteristic the identical full HD 14-inch touchscreen show rated for 300 nits of brightness and embrace a pen with a handy storage throughout the laptop computer chassis.
A imaginative and prescient in blue
Lenovo provides two shade choices—Mineral Gray or Abyss Blue—for the ThinkBook 14s Yoga; our take a look at system options the latter. The blue is a deep hue and appears buttoned-up sufficient for company settings. Actually, beneath most lighting situations, it seems to be customary company black.
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga lacks the bling discovered on the HP Spectre x360 14—CNC-machining, gem-cut edges, and gold, logo-stamped hinges—however the ThinkBook 14s Yoga delivers the profitable mixture of feeling each sturdy and lightweight. On some finances fashions, an all-plastic enclosure would possibly flex in your grip, or yield beneath your fingertips when typing. The all-metal chassis on the ThinkBook 14s Yoga lends a contact of luxurious, in addition to a inflexible really feel that ought to stand as much as the calls for and dings of enterprise journey.
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga weighs 3.3 kilos, which is common for its 14-inch measurement class. A part of the rationale the ThinkBook 14s Yoga can’t limbo beneath the 3-pound mark (just like the HP Spectre x360 14 and Lenovo’s own Yoga C940 14 do) is its touchscreen, which at all times provides weight, particularly when protected by Gorilla Glass.
Nonetheless, the ThinkBook 14s Yoga nonetheless cuts a slender profile. It’s solely 0.67 inches thick, the identical because the upscale HP Spectre x360 14 and near the 0.62-inch Yoga C940 14. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is the thinnest of the 2-in-1 bunch at solely a half-inch thick.
Comfortable keyboard with ThinkPad roots
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga’s grey keys would possible look higher contrasting towards the Mineral Grey chassis than the Abyss Blue we had (a normal black keyboard would have been a more sensible choice aesthetically). Colour apart, the keys really feel snappy and are quiet when pressed, even for a thunderous typist like this reviewer. They provide deeper journey than I anticipated for such a skinny laptop computer—a pleasing shock—but they’re removed from mushy, providing the same really feel to the superb keyboards sometimes discovered on Lenovo’s ThinkPads. The largest distinction is the ThinkBook’s keys are flat, as an alternative of the marginally concave form of a pricier ThinkPad’s.
The trackpad is a bit on the small facet by as we speak’s requirements, measuring 4.1 by 2.8 inches. Given the slender wrist relaxation under the keyboard, Lenovo had scant room to work with. Its matte end makes for easy gliding, and it precisely recorded my faucets, swipes, and gestures.
Dim show, helpful ports
The total HD contact show is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass and surrounded on all 4 sides by skinny bezels. The shiny end of the Gorilla Glass could cause some distracting glare and reflections, which is exacerbated by the show’s dimness. Rated for 300 nits of brightness, the ThinkBook 14s Yoga’s show can’t match the height brightness of the 400-nit show of Lenovo’s Yoga C940 14 or the 500-nit show of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. It sufficed beneath synthetic mild, however I had the brightness stage maxed out beneath all conditions and situations. In case your job recurrently takes you within the area otherwise you sometimes work in a sun-drenched workspace, then I might advocate spending a bit extra for a brighter show.
The contact panel felt correct and responsive. I used to be instantly comfy writing and drawing on the show with the included pen. With the show rotated into pill mode, the keyboard felt heat, which detracts from the ThinkBook 14’s Yoga pill performance.
The system’s compact chassis makes dissipating warmth a problem. The inner fan may be very quiet, so fan noise isn’t a problem, however maybe it must spin at a better price to maintain the system cooler.
One final nitpick on the show: The 16:9 facet ratio feels a bit cramped. A squarer 16:10 or 3:2 facet ratio feels a lot roomier and requires much less scrolling by means of your internet browser, Phrase docs, and Excel sheets.
The audio system hearth from the entrance of every facet edge, which is preferable to audio system that fireplace downward from the underside panel. Nevertheless, the general sound isn’t any higher than that of your common laptop computer. The audio output can attain a stage to fill a small room however lacks something resembling a bass response. The tinny sound means you’ll attain in your headphones for music playback, however it’s clear sufficient for Zoom calls.
A 720p webcam sits above the show and exhibited correct colours, however the general picture was pretty noisy. A bodily privateness cowl provides you peace of thoughts once you aren’t utilizing the digital camera, which is an appreciated characteristic for anybody and a requisite for enterprise customers.
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga’s port choice comes with each sorts of USB ports and help for Thunderbolt 4, the most recent and quickest customary for connecting to exterior drives and shows. A lot of the ports are situated on the system’s left edge, the place you’ll discover two USB-C ports—one which options USB 3.2 connectivity and the opposite with Thunderbolt 4. (When you’re confused about all of the completely different sorts of USB’s, this handy chart explains all the USB specs and how they relate to Thunderbolt.) Additionally on the left edge are a USB-A port, an HDMI 1.4 port, and a headphone jack.
On the best edge, you’ll discover a second USB-A port, a MicroSD card slot, and the facility button, which doubles as a fingerprint reader for straightforward and safe logins. The pen can also be stowed on the best edge, subsequent to the facility button.
ThinkBook 14s Yoga efficiency
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga is an efficient employee bee with midrange or higher efficiency, faltering solely in battery life.
We in contrast it towards the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and HP Spectre x360 14, every of which options the identical Core i7 CPU. The Lenovo Yoga C940 includes a Tenth-gen Core i7 CPU. We additionally included a pair of conventional clamshell laptops with Eleventh-gen CPUs: The Acer Swift 3X options the identical Core i7-1165G7 because the ThinkBook 14s Yoga, and the ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 options an Eleventh-gen Core i5-113G7. All the techniques characteristic built-in Intel Xe graphics and 16GB of reminiscence aside from the Yoga C940 14, which options Intel’s previous-generation Iris Plus graphics and 12GB of RAM.
Editor’s be aware: The ThinkBook 14s Yoga is misnamed “ThinkPad 14s Yoga” in all of the charts. PCWorld regrets the error.
Our first benchmark is PCMark 10, which measures efficiency on on a regular basis computing work together with workplace productiveness duties, internet searching, and video chats. The ThinkBook 14s Yoga led the pack and was the one system apart from the Acer Swift 3X to surpass the 5,000 mark. We take into account something within the 4,000 vary to be acceptable, whereas something above 5,000 is phenomenal.
The ThinkBook 14s Yoga completed in the midst of the pack on our HandBrake take a look at, which includes encoding a big 30GB video file. This take a look at places laptops beneath sustained, heavy masses, pushing the CPU and cooling system to their limits. The ThinkBook 14s Yoga’s skinny chassis and discreet cooling most likely held it again, because it possible needed to throttle the CPU at factors in the course of the lengthy encode to maintain thermals in test.
The place HandBrake is a marathon, Cinebench is a dash. This benchmark renders a posh 2D scene over a brief time period. The ThinkBook 14s Yoga’s dash pace was no quicker or slower than its marathon tempo; it once more completed in the midst of the pack. It led the best way in single-core efficiency, though the scores had been very tightly bunched save the Yoga C940 14’s.
Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics is surprisingly good, as our checks have proven, however that doesn’t imply the Iris Xe-equipped ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a gaming machine. It truly completed towards the again of the Iris Xe pack. Handle your expectations accordingly. (Sadly we are able to’t examine the ThinkBook 14s Yoga to the Yoga C940 14 with its previous-generation Iris Plus graphics, as a result of we lately switched to 3DMark’s Time Spy graphics benchmark from the older Sky Diver benchmark on which the Yoga C940 was examined.)
Disappointing battery life
We take a look at laptop computer battery life by looping a 4K video utilizing the inventory Home windows Motion pictures & TV app, with display brightness set to about 250 nits and the quantity dialed to 50 %, with headphones plugged in. The ThinkBook 14s Yoga ran out of juice effectively earlier than competing techniques, lasting simply over seven hours on the take a look at. You must expertise longer battery life beneath much less demanding situations than regularly taking part in a video, however its end result on our battery life take a look at remains to be disappointing.
Two large shortcomings
The Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga is a flexible and trendy 2-in-1 that delivers construct high quality and efficiency on a par with pricier 2-in-1 convertibles. As with all finances or midrange machine, sacrifices had been made to hit a extra approachable value. Within the case of the ThinkBook 14s Yoga, you lose in two large areas: show and battery. We have now no different complaints about its efficiency, and we like the appear and feel of its compact, all-metal chassis. Given its shortcomings, nonetheless, we are able to advocate the ThinkBook 14s Yoga solely to employees on a decent finances who spend the vast majority of the time inside, beneath synthetic mild, and close to an influence outlet.